Man charged with domestic battery

A Pine Bluff man was arrested Friday afternoon by officers with the Pine Bluff Police Department and charged with second degree domestic battery after he allegedly pushed his pregnant wife to the floor during an argument.

Detective Cassandra McAfee said in a probable cause affidavit that officers arrested Marcus Brothers, 23, at the couple’s residence after his wife told officers that her husband became belligerent toward her after she asked him to buy some milk for their child.

McAfee said in the affidavit that the woman told officers that she is 39 weeks pregnant and that Brothers grabbed her stomach and pushed her backward into a bicycle and that his actions caused her to go into labor. McAfee said in the affidavit that officers interviewed the woman in the obstetrics ward of Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Brothers after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with second offense second degree domestic battery.

Kearney also ordered Brothers to have no contact with his wife until the case is settled.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Brothers and he was ordered to return to court Aug. 12.